Buy a simple pattern from Judy Gales Roberts or Bruce Worthington(Intarsi.net) Keep in mind you are seeing a frontal view and your mind tricks you into believing the back side is actually there. Use soft woods such as poplar, cedar, or butternut for the beginner project. Those soft woods are much easier to shape and sand than oak, cherry or most of the exotic woods. You must have a good scroll saw or you will always be disappointed with the way parts fit together. The 3D effect comes from having bigger parts in the foreground and progressively get smaller in the background. It gives the illusion of distance.
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